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What is Surgical Tumor Removal?

Surgical tumor removal in cats is the removal of a growth of cells from the cat’s body. A tumor is an accumulation of cells that have begun rapidly dividing in a localized area for unknown reasons. The tumor can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), but the veterinarian may choose to have the mass removed even if the tumor does not possess a cancerous nature. The veterinarian may remove the tumor in the hospital or clinic, or refer the cat to a veterinary surgeon specialist. 

Surgical Tumor Removal Procedure in Cats

  1. The feline will be administered an injectable sedative before going into the pre-surgical area. 
  2. Once the feline is sedated, a member of the veterinary staff will take the feline to the pre-operative area to have an esophageal tube placed. An esophageal tube will be placed to allow oxygen and gas anesthetic to be delivered to the feline. 
  3. The feline will be taken to the surgical area where she/he will be placed on the surgical table and restrained (as even anesthetized patients can move when they are in a state of “sleeping”).
  4. The feline’s fur will be shaved over the affected area and scrubbed with an antimicrobial solution. 
  5. The feline will be hooked up to oxygen, followed by a gas anesthetic to allow her to relax and rest comfortably without pain during the surgical procedure. 
  6. The area around the tumor will be draped with surgical cloth and the tumor removal will begin. 
  7. The veterinary surgeon will use a scalpel blade to remove the tumor and possible the surrounding tissue depending on the feline’s surgical plan. 
  8. Once the tumor has been removed, it will likely be prepared for a biopsy to further diagnose the nature of the growth. 
  9. The open area of the cat’s skin will be cleaned and the veterinarian will place sutures as needed internally, followed by skin closure. 
  10. The feline will be removed from gas anesthetic and gas anesthetic as soon as the anesthetist is positive the cat’s vital signs (heart rate, breathing rate, temperature) are normal. 
  11. The esophageal tube will be removed and the feline will be allowed to recover in a quiet area. 

Efficacy of Surgical Tumor Removal in Cats

The efficacy of surgical tumor removal depends on the individual cat and the nature of the tumor. In general, removing any tumor (cancerous or non-cancerous) will prevent the surrounding tissues and organs from being affected, resulting in secondary health issues. If the feline’s tumor is cancerous, removing the tumor will ideally remove the cancer and prevent the cancer from spreading. Ask your veterinarian about the efficacy of surgically removing your cat’s tumor and the probability of a positive outcome. 

Surgical Tumor Removal Recovery in Cats

Surgical tumor removal in cats may require a period of hospitalization after the surgery. During this time, the veterinary staff will monitor the feline and administer pain management medications paired with antibiotics to prevent infection. Once the feline is allowed to return home, her/his physical activities will be restricted and an Elizabethan collar will likely be worn to prevent the feline from ripping out the stitches. Prescribed medications will continue at home as directed by the veterinarian. 

Cost of Surgical Tumor Removal in Cats

The estimated cost of a surgical tumor removal in cats will include the pre-surgical biopsies that were taken to establish the nature of the tumor, which will cost a cat owner around $50. The size of the tumor will also be taken into consideration, as larger tumors will cost more to have removed than small tumors. A small tumor that is no greater than one inch in diameter will cost approximately $125, whereas a medium sized tumor of one to three inches could cost about $325. A large tumor may cost $525 or more to have removed and an extra large tumor, greater than five inches will cost $725 or more depending on the surgical procedure. 

Cat Surgical Tumor Removal Considerations

Your cat will need to be placed under anesthetic for the duration of the surgical removal of the tumor, as well as, any biopsy procedures that were completed prior to the surgery date. The removal of a tumor will completely remove the fast-growing, potentially cancerous tumor from the feline’s body, however, recurrence is possible. It is important to discuss the outcome of the surgical tumor removal in your cat with the veterinarian. 

Surgical Tumor Removal Prevention in Cats

As scholars are still researching how cancer is developing he feline body and why it affecting so many of our pets today, the information available believed to prevent a tumor from growing is not always effective. Most veterinarians recommend a healthy, balanced diet and daily exercise to prevent the chances of feline tumor development. However, even the healthiest of felines can be affected by tumors despite the active work of the pet owner. 

Surgical Tumor Removal Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Meow
Maine Coon
18 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hard time sleeping on stomach

My cat is 1 1/2-2 years old. He has had no noticable weight gain than what should be expected naturally. He has a lump on the lower left side of his belly, it is sort of stiff. I'm in college and dont have tons of money but I also dont want to not do anything and it becomes a future problem. I'm wondering if the vet will be able to tell what it is without have to do an ultrasound? I'm thinking it's just a fatty tumor because he doesn't look to be in pain. Also if it is a fatty tumor will they let me take him soon after surgery to care for him at home?

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Ging
DOMESTIC
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

tumor

our cat lost a lot of weight, now she is less than 5Lb, does'nt have energy or appetite to eat, took her to the dr. after test results found out a huge level of calcium, then took her to ultrasound which confirm that she has a mass. they asked if we want to poke it to see which type of cancer in case we are interested of a removal (which they said would cost about 3k-5k). would a cat at that age, weight have a good chances of recovery?

Hi,
I am hoping for a little bit of advice. Our lovely cat for ten years just got diagnosed with cancer. She had lumps (all less than 1/2”, mostly 1/4) they do seem to be progressing quickly. She said there was no need to do any further testing because she has a lot of experience seeing cases like that and we should just make her comfortable. My family is completely devastated and I am wondering if I should seek a secondary opinion. Any advice?
I should add that she is not in pain and has no trouble breathing.

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Tiger
British Shorthair
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

vomiting, diarrhoea, bloody stool

My cat Tiger is almost 15 years old. He had chronic vomiting and diarrhoea with blood. I took him to the vet and they did an ultrasound finding a mass in the stomach 0.31cm by 0.61 cm. Subsequent endoscopy was done to obtain a sample of the mass for biopsy purpose. From the biopsy report, no neoplasm cells found but given the limitations posed by endoscopy, cancer cannot be ruled out. Tiger was treated as chronic inflammation for the time being and had been administered steroid for more than 2 weeks. However, a follow up ultrasound revealed that the mass remained the same in size. The vet now said she was almost 100% sure the mass is cancer and not mere inflammation since the mass should have been gone after the steroid treatment. However, the vet commented that she won't prescribe any chemotherapy for Tiger as the nature of the cancer is unknown. Now, I am faced with a choice of either performing an open stomach surgery to obtain biopsy sample or just continue the steroid treatment until symptoms recur. Given the age of Tiger, I am really unsure what is the best course of action to take. I greatly value the quality of his life. Please comment.

My cat is only 6 years old and had a vomiting for a couple of weeks and sometimes bloody stools. But most the time his stool is either runny or normal. He vomited a couple times that looked like blood. Now he did a series of test and goes for an ultrasound this Monday. Hope they dont find no mass. I would just talk to the vet to see what the best course of action is and if you can afford it. I already spent over 1k and he didnt even get diagnosed yet. This sucks, hopefully just inflammation. He seems fine, he eats, and is a little active. How is your feline friend doing so far?

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Maya
Himalayan
14 Years
Critical condition
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Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Mass between lungs and heart
Coughing

Medication Used

Marbofloxacin

Hello! my Cat Maya is 14.5 years old. has always been a healthy and happy kitty. 2.5 months ago she started having a strange couch episodes that made it seem like she was having difficult time breathing and her whole body would jerk and stomach made weird noise during it. these episodes would last .30 seconds at a time. once it was done she was okay again. I have had her since she was a baby so I know it was strange. it took me a week and I made an appt to examine her at the vet. they looked at her and didn't see anything strange, I insisted to take xrays. they took xrays and saw a mass between her heart and lungs. the vet thought to giver her antibiotic for a week. after a week of antibiotic came back and we did another xray. the mass didn't change. then we did a procedure where they lightly sedated her and did a biopsy as I understand, they went in with a needle (they explained to me) into the mass to take a sample of the mass. they said that the results will be in a few days. And gave me another type of antibiotic for 2 weeks daily called marbofloxacin.2 of syringe dosage. After this antibiotic for a week her couch disappeared and I thought it worked! so a week after the biopsy vet called me and said that they unfortunately couldn't tell me what this mass is, the cells aren't showing as tumor/cancerous but they still cant rule it out (so weird). He said that lets wait another week ( to make it 2 weeks on this antibiotic) and see if she feels better and maybe this mass is a fungi infection. we went back after the 2 weeks of this antibiotic and did another xray at the vet. the vet said that the mass got larger, even though to me and my fiancé eye it looked the same. 1st vet said that the next option is to do a surgery open chest to see what this mass is and remove it at the same time. My Maya is 14 yo I am so scared to do this. then i decided to take Maya to another vet for a second opinion. Different vet took another xray. and compared it to the images I brought in from the 1st vet. 2nd vet doctor wasn't convinced that its cancer. she did blood work and urine sample. which a week later tests came back as good. she said that at times infections can take up to 2 months to clear and that antibiotic course should be longer than 2 weeks. she recommended Maya go back on marbofloxacin for another 1 month. We are now on week 3 since we saw 2nd vet. Maya has gotten worse in the last 2 weeks. she is inactive (not playful or her usual self) she isn't eating. the 2nd vet gave me the appetite pill to give to Maya every 3 days. that makes her eat. but her behavior is worse she is not herself. her breathing is strange and loud. and her purr is the strangest I ever heard. its loud and has after sound. just freaks me out. She has been throwing up. And she lays and just meows like she is in pain or something. if I try to pet her even so gently she meows like something is bothering her. I am so scared I don't know what to do. Surgery when she is so small (7 lb.) and such an area (lungs and heart) and her age 14 yo. what do I do? :((( this is my baby I don't know what to do I just want her to be better. please help me with any advice/opinion. I really appreciate it! God bless!

If Maya is getting worse either you need to change the antibiotic, try this first, or it really is cancer and is beginning to affect her breathing. Once this happens you have a hard choice to make as you love her so much.
I have a kitty myself who just had surgery for cancer. It has left her a wreck, she is not the happy playful girl she was, she stays in her basket 24 hours except for eating. Apparently the problem is scar tissue which is causing a lot of pain. I am devastated by this outcome, if I had known I never would have had the surgery.

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Baby
Tabby short hair
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Runny nose, swelling to th

I've took my cat to several vets and have spent a lot of money on her to only find out she has a tumor located inside her head and it leads into the throat and nasal cavity. She also has a infection that antibiotics doesn't seem to be working to kill the infection. I paid for several biopsies and all came back negative. I just wish I could find a dr That would do the surgery for a reasonable price as I've spent a couple to a few thousand dollars on her already. When I found her little over a year ago she had given up and was going to die where she was laying, she was skin and bones. I brought her some food to eat and she tried to eat but was to weak to eat dry food. I went and got my cat carrier and went and got her, I put a can of tuna in with her went out to do a few things and when I returned the tuna was gone. Yep this kitty wants to live I said and I started taking her to the local vet. All that I've done for her and money I've spent only has kept the infection semi under control. Seems like at times her breathing is worse. Her face swells up goes down only to swell again. Predisone seems to work some. I would really like to see if the tumor can be removed at a reasonable price.

I’m sad that these vets have no heart to help some of these cats. I’m sorry for your experience. I’m going thru something with my cat as well, Taking him to vet tomorrow which I’m sure will cost a lot of money as he has a lump on his belly. It’s sad that they are so money hungry. I get it that vet school is expensive but they should really go by people’s income. Lol best of luck with your baby.
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Duncan
Tuxedo cat-American long hair
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Medication Used

metronidazole

Hello,
I took mu cat Duncan in to be checked as she had diarrhea. Blood test revealed high sugar content so we did and ultra sound of the pancreas and internal areas. They found a ping pong ball size mass in her abdomen, not the pancreas. She is 16 yrs, 5 months old and 9 lbs. Other than the high sugar content and diarrhea she is in good health and spirits. Given where the tumor is, near the pancreas, our Vet said no regular Dr. would even attempt a removal. We would need to consult a specialist. They won't biopsy inside the body as they are concerned with releasing the fluid surrounding the mass into her abdomen. Our Vet does not think we should get the surgery given her age. He says the surgery does not have a high success rate and he is concerned how hard it will be on her if she were to survive the procedure. I don't see why she wouldn't survive but he has concerns. Her appetite is great, drinks a lot of water and has her same personality except that she runs from in the morning because she thinks I'm going to put her in a box again. Also normal after a few Vet visits in a row. My question is should I get her the surgery? What is the expected prognosis and what quality of life can she expect after it? She probably only had 2-3 years left before this. I don't want her last time on earth to be spent in pain or just miserable from a lengthy recovery. Any advice??

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Blackie( as in Black and Decker)
Short hair domestic
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

Our cat Blackie is 4 plus years old is over weight. He has a moveable lump under his skin on his stomach near his back leg. In the research it could be a lipoma. We’re taking him to the vet early this week. He has been washing that area a lot so it must bug him. I’m also hopeful it could just be a tick infection. As he goes in and outside. Outside for very short periods of time. If anyone has any experience with removal of a lipoma please lmk. We’re wondering the cost. I’m hoping it does not go over a thousand my husband may say no. We live our cat he even goes on vacation with us to Florida.

How did it go

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Lady
mixed
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

breast lump
Lump
cancer

My 13-year old female cat just had a few tumors removed from her right mammary breast area and the results were malignant. I am due to take her in next week to get her sutures removed and the vet said he will pat her down to make sure she does not have other masses. I felt another tiny lump on the opposite side near her rib cage. How should I approach this? What are the chances that the cancer has spread? I do no want to put her through chemotherapy. What are the chances that she will continue to develop tumors in the future?

She has not shown any symptoms other than the physical lumps - she has a strong appetite, goes to the litter as usual, plays like a kitten, breaths and sleeps normally, etc.

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Joey
Tuxedo
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lump on forehead, trouble breathing

Medication Used

Prednisolone

I have a 14 year old tuxedo male cat that has a tumor on his forehead and somewhat behind his right eye. It's causing his eye to tear and he I can hear him having trouble breathing clearly. He also has hyperthyroid issues and chronic urinary tract. The vet gave him a cortizone shot that gave him some relief for a few days and he is now on Prednisolone pills for another 10 days. Wondering if surgery to remove the tumor would be recommended and how successful it might be for a cat his age with other conditions? I hate to see him struggling to breathe well and not sure what to do.

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Louis
Persian
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
discomfort

male 6 year old Persian with Mast Cell Tumor measuring 3 mm at front left pad between central pad and 2nd digit pad. No other tumors elsewhere according to ultrasound and X-ray, however did reveal kidney stones. Afraid of general anesthesia for surgical removal due to flat face breed risks and kidney stones. How safe is the surgery?

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Precious
short hair
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Ok my cat precious is 12 1/2 years old we just went to vet today as we discovered a lump on her upper chest, vet did biopsy says it’s a tumor says it’s probably benign says should be removed even so my question is: do I put her through a surgery when she’s perfectly healthy happy and normal otherwise? I’m afraid to have done cause what happens if something happens during surgery? After it? any suggestions please comment as I’ve got scheduled for June 13th...

Hi - curious to know, did you have surgery done on Precious? I am in similar dilemma with one of my cats.

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Fearless
domestic short hair
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Puss out of ear, weight loss
Puss out of ear, w

My cat is a stray I took in a little over a year ago in AZ. He had ear mites. One ear never got better. He was loosing weight and icky stuff coming out if his ear. He's FIV positive. A love bug, wonderful boy who deserves to be loved. The vet says his ear isn't doing well because if a cancerous tumor. U fired the vet after reading that her license had been suspended for two years. Have removal of tumor set for day after tomorrow. Any idea of survival and approx how long?

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Luna
Domestic long hair
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Fever
Mass In Abdomen
Throwing up,

I'm scheduled to take my cat in for an ultrasound tomorrow but trying to get an idea of possible outcomes. I took my cat in for an appointment because she's been throwing up consistently (almost daily) for a couple weeks now. Every so often she'll be okay for a day but then throws up. Not right after eating, most commonly it seems to happen at night but it does occassionally happen durring the day. She's lost a bit of weight and is slightly deyhdrated.
Despite this she still uses the cat tree, shows interest in playing, loves being brushed/petted and cuddles quite a bit.
When I took her to the vet they found a mass in her mid abdomen, said it's bigger then a golf ball but smaller then an apple and it can be moved. She's also got a slight fever. They said part of her issue may be due to the pressure the mass is putting on her stomach.
I guess my question is what should I expect them to possibly find and what is the typical range of cost for surgury?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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All your questions really depend on where the mass originates from: the type of mass, prognosis, cost and other factors. Also when it comes to cost, it depends on which country you’re in and even the city as cost may vary widely between Veterinarians in the same city. Tomorrow they will perform the ultrasound and will determine the origin of the mass which would give them an indication to the type of mass and will then be able to guide you further. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Persian
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepy

I was able to pet and grab my feral cat of 16yrs and place in carrier to take to vet for a tumor removal. Don’t think there is a way I can get an Elizabethan collar on her. She has a large incision. How long will her recovery take? She was given an antibiotic shot that will last 2 weeks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure what type of tumor removal Lucy had, or where the tumor was removed from, so i have a hard time commenting on what her healing time might be. It would be best to call your veterinarian and ask what her recovery time might be, as they did the surgery, know what was involved, and will be able to give you a better idea as to how long she will need to be confiined and when she should be healed. I hope that all goes well with her.

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Prince
Norwegian Forest
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

hurts/irritates him when touched
gained weight rapidly
large bump on side

My cat has a large bump on the side of his stomach. He has gained a lot of weight. He was my grandmother’s cat that lived outside her house for years and my family and myself decided to take him inside when we moved so iam unsure of his vet history. he is 10 years old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Prince or having more information I cannot really give you much advice on the cause of this lump or the sudden increase in weight. You should take Prince to be seen by a Veterinarian to see what the cause of the lump is and if there some worrying cause for the increase in weight. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Casey
Unknown
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not eat
Vomiting

Medication Used

prednisone

My cat has a mass that is causing his small intestine to be blocked. He is 16 years old. He is in going health apart from being underweight from not eating. The vet I have taken him to recommend not doing surgery because of his age and potential financial burden. He is on prednisone, has had three doses and continues to throw up. I feel bad for not at least trying removal. Is it reasonable to go this direction? My heart says I want to get him surgery but then I can’t afford anything more than $1500.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think, given that the choice of not having surgery means that he will not survive, if you are able to afford the surgery and he is healthy otherwise, you should consider the surgery. Depending on the extent of the mass, it may not be a good option, however, so it would be best to discuss this in more detail with your veterinarian, and perhaps seek a second opinion to be sure.

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Popcorn
Orange tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling, mass under tounge

My cat has a mass under his left side of his tounge. He has been drooling and not eating as much. He also licks at the base of his tail a lot which I was told was out of frustration. They gave him antibiotics to see if he responds to it and if not a biopsy/removal is needed. I'm worried sick.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Popcorn I cannot determine whether the mass is a ranula, tumour or abscess; see how the course of antibiotics go and follow up with your Veterinarian if there is no improvement by the end of the course. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mysti
Shorthair Mix Cat
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bump

I took my 14-year old cat to the vet to have a bump on her chin checked out. They took a sample for testing and said it was a sickle cell lesion and that it's currently not spreading, but could spread and become something cancerous, so it should be removed as soon as possible. The estimate they gave me for the procedure is $880-$1295. ($200-$300 for the actual removal + everything else they'd need to do.) We've already been swimming in vet expenses because of our other pets, so I thought of calling other vets to check their prices, but I'm feeling very stressed out about doing so (social anxiety) and also don't want to waste time shopping around for something that should be dealt with soon. So, my question is: does the cost seem reasonable/expected for this procedure? Naturally, I want the best care for my cat, especially considering she's a senior, but money's too tight these days for me to give the go-ahead to that large an amount without some consideration. I'm in Orange County, CA, if that matters in terms of judging the cost. Thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing what the costs are actually for, whether she will be getting radiation therapy or chemotherapy, I have a hard time giving you an idea as to whether that cost is reasonable, but for a potentially aggressive tumor, it may be quite reasonable. What might be a good idea would be to have a different veterinarian look at Mysti, and the lab report, and get a second opinion on the procedure and cost, if you aren't sure. I hope that all goes well for her.

Thank you for your response!

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Fisher
Black
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Recurrence
tumor

Hi, our cat had a mass by his tail. We had it removed but it has begun to return within a couple months and a smaller one near it. Is it worth it to have it removed again? We didn't have a biopsy because we know treatment is out of our means.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing where the mass was, or what signs is was causing, i have no way of commentinng on whether you need to have the masses that are growing back removed, unfortunately. It will depend on how the growths are affecting Fisher and how quickly they are growing. Since i cannot see him, it would be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian, and get their opinion on whether another surgery would be a good idea. I hope that all goes well for him.

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T.
Domestic long hair
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

lump on neck

Our 16-year-old cat as a cancerous tumor on her salivary gland. she's also renal disease stage II for which she receives supplemental fluids once a week as well as cardiomyopathy, but after evaluation by the oncologist and the cardiologist she's been ruled eligible for surgery with some adjusted protocols for anesthesia.

We are taking Erin next week for the final evaluation with the surgeon at which case it is very likely that the surgery will proceed as well as potentially a CT scan.

I realize this is a very general question, but I'm wondering if she does have the surgery what a typical recovery might look like. I understand that she will have a collar to not scratch at the stitches but will the stitches be covered the way they would be in a human surgery? Will she need to wear the collar at night as well? She's not super active given her age so I'm not too worried about her jumping up on things or whatever but I would love some details about a typical recovery from surgery for a cat this age with a salivary gland tumor.

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Lyric
Rag doll mix
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My spayed female cat, Lyric is 15 years old. Lyric had a malignant mammary mass removed 2 weeks ago. She did well through the surgery and seemed to recover just as well. In the last 2 days she seems to be more sensitive around surgical site than she was a week ago. She is avoiding other cats and she has swelling on one side of her stitches...is this normal? I worry that she may have a blood clot or infection although her stitches are clean and all looks good.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some swelling around the surgical site may occur afterwards especially if Lyric was active after surgery; without examining her I cannot say whether the swelling is something to be concerned about or not, but monitor the site for discharge, swelling or heat and visit your Veterinarian if you have any concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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monster
Short hair tabby
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swollen

Medication Used

Steroids and antibiotics

my vet says that my cat hase a tumor over his left eye and theres not much that can be done what are your thoughts?he gave him a steroid shot that worked for 10 days now its back.

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Macio
DOMESTIC
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing on blankets
Not moving much
Not eating much

My cat has about a 5 in tumor or lump in arm and It wasn’t affecting him until recently he’s not going to the litter box and he’s not moving much due to the pain I think but other than that he seems fine. Loves cuddles and attention . he’s older than ten years old I adopted him 10 years ago but nobody knows his age . I do not have thousands of dollars to remove this tumor , I am making a vet appointment tomorrow but I’m sad cuz if he needs surgery I won’t be able to pay . Would euthanization be the only thing to do ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There may be other options for Macio - it is good that you are having him seen by a veterinarian, as without an examination, there is no way to know what options might be available. Your veterinarian will be able to look at him, determine what might be going on, and give you all options for him.

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Nina
Mixed calico
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No noticeable symptoms

Hello. I have a 15-year-old cat who has had a button tumor just below her eye that she has had for a long time, but that has gotten bigger recently. It is currently one inch in diameter, about a quarter-inch raised, pink with red spots. I am afraid that it will affect her eye, but I'm also afraid of putting her through surgery. Should I take a chance?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Your veterinarian is the best person to answer that question for you, as they know Nina, her history, and her health status. If she is systemically healthy, and the tumor is affecting her life, ti may be best to take it off. It would be best to talk with your veterinarian about any concerns that you have regarding the surgery, risks and benefits.

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Terrence
Short hair tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Growth

I have a 7-year-old short hair tabby male diagnosed with FIV. No leukemia thank goodness. I just noticed this evening that he has a small growth the size of a quarter behind his left front leg just above his rib. Looked almost like a swollen nipple but the growth is more towards the side then where an upper nipple would rest. He has a vet but I am worried about cost in the thousands to have something like this removed. He is not showing signs of discomfort but it worries me with his pre-equisting condition of the FIV.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Terrance I cannot say whether or not this lump is anything to worry about or not; I understand your concerns about the cost of veterinary care but you should at least visit your Veterinarian to get a diagnosis and to determine the severity of the condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Clarence
Orange tabby
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tail growth, bleeding, not healing

My cat has a growth on the end of his tail, vet cut it but he keeps making it bleed, she said he many need his tail cut off, is this expensive? Will he be ok without it? He is old will anesthesia be safe?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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These are all valid questions, but difficult for me to answer not knowing more about Clarence. Depending on the type of growth, he may be better off having the tail amputated. He will be fine without his tail, and the cost depends on your location and the level of expertise needed. If he is otherwise healthy, he should be fine handling the anesthesia, but there are precautions that would need to be taken for him, and pre-anesthetic blood work wold be a good idea. Since I know very little about him, these are questions that your veterinarian would be able to answer much more easily, as they know him and his situation. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Lucy
cross bread
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye
phlegm
lump on forehead
Noisy Breathing

Medication Used

treated for pneumonia in cats

My cat has a lump on her forehead. she is having a little bit of difficulty in breathing as well. will she survive if the vet perform surgery on her? she was treated for pneumonia in cats by vets and said it will get better. one of her eyes is swollen a bit. a small lump like thing was removed from her eye as well. she is bit small and thin. Is there anything that i can give to make her strong for the surgery

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Lucy I cannot give you any assurance that she is suitable for surgery or will survive surgery, your Veterinarian has to determine whether or not in their opinion Lucy is a candidate for surgery or not. Age is on her side, but I haven’t examined her so I don’t know how strong her heart is or if she has any other underlying condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
tabby
15 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tired and withdrawn. Weak
Tired and withdrawn
Tired

I have a 15 year old cat
I was told today by the vet that he has a fist size tumor in his stomach, we didn't any xrays he is still eating and drinking but very sleepy what are my options

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on the specific location, type of tumour, Simba’s current health (blood tests to assess kidney and liver function), x-rays to check for metastasis among other factors; surgery may be an option but would be at the discretion of the attending Veterinarian since they need to be sure that it would be in Simba’s best interests. The location makes it impossible to perform a biopsy without anaesthesia, you should discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Natasha
Tuxedo
18 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cat is 18 years old & otherwise healthy

I need to find an Animal Hospital in NY with a teaching faculty who will operate on my Cats tumor free of charge. She has a growth w/cancel cells growing under her ear.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is one Veterinary School in New York State in Ithaca, NY; Cornell University, I’ve linked it below. Veterinary Schools don’t normally perform free treatment or surgery but may offer heavily discounted rates (this varies from school to school); there are other Veterinary Faculties teaching Veterinary Technicians but I am unaware of their facilities if they have teaching hospitals or not, you would need to check them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www2.vet.cornell.edu/ www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Education/Accreditation/Programs/Pages/vettech-programs-all-programs-list.aspx#newyork

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Luna
tabby
Seven Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 7 year old female tabby cat with history of allergies and lesions on abdomen developed massive tumor when I was out of town. The vet removed the massive tumor and did two more reconstructive surgery but she has a chronic wound between her back legs and it's been 5 months and hasn't healed. Was on antibiotics and current treatment is two Epsom salt baths a day and antibacterial gel applied. Hard to get air to wound because of the location.Wound is two inches in diameter.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with the location is that no air can get to the area and that the skin can be very tight especially if a large margin was taken as well; any time that Luna walks it is going to pull or rub the surgical site. There isn’t anything extra I can advise you to do more than your Veterinarian is instructing you to do, it is just a difficult area to have a wound. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Socrates
moggy
16 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen toe

Medication Used

Metacam

My cat is 16 years old, he has a lump in his toe which is causing him pain, and he often avoids putting weight on it, and licks it constantly. The vet at first believed it was a nail bed infection, and when the antibiotic he prescribed did nothing, he said that it was likely a metastasised tumour, with the primary source coming from the lungs. He has the start of kidney failure (according to blood tests we had not long ago.) I would like to know if the risks of putting him under antibiotics are increased because of his age and kidney problems? Furthermore shows no signs of lung disorders (rapid breathing or difficulty etc.)
What are the chances that the signs of lung cancer will show up on an xray or MRI/ CT scan?
And if i did opt to amputate the toe (if the lungs aren't the primary source, and it is just a tumour on his toe), would the area likely have difficulty in healing after the removal if it has metastasised, or would the wound break down? How often is that the case? (Our vet said regularly, but i'm unsure if this is actually the case.)
And if i chose for him to keep the toe, how long would it take for the Metacam to cause his kidneys to shut down? Or for an infection to occur in the toe area?

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Nia
DOMESTIC
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

vomiting, diarhea, lethargic

More on Nia..Cat has seen 4 vets finally went to an emerg. They said she had a tumor(based on ultrsound) n he found nothing, lied saying it was fat...Sent off piece of GI tract, and pancreas as he said it was slightly enlarged. Did blood panel tests and urine test. Both Urine showed high amounts of glucose n now they're saying she has diabetes but I'm not sure which type. She was also very low on B12. She had an injection last week and one today of B12. They hydrated her before and after surgery as she was dehydrated and had diarrhea and vomiting. We gave her pain meds and also a med for vomiting via syringe. Today she is off these. She hasn't lost weight but gained and was gourge feeding. ..and out of character. Today she seems a bit lethargic. If she gets an insulin shot tomorrow should she perk up pretty quickly or? Also if we switch her to a raw diet do I need a supplement as one webpage said making your own food isn't good and you should actually buy canned cat food made for diabetes? Would this be better?? Would CBD help with this? Do I need to work with a homeopathic vet as well as a regular to monitor all of this??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly Homeopathy has been proven multiple times to be ineffective, I wouldn’t waste your time or money; secondly, CBD (cannabis oil etc…) is the ‘miracle drug du jour’ which has limited valuable scientific data but is sold by people looking to cash in on a fad (if it truly worked a drug company would have patented it by now). Anyway, you should be feeding a commercial diabetic cat food and you should be monitoring insulin and discussing with your Veterinarian about stabilising the blood glucose levels using a glucose curve. An insulin dose would be administered by your Veterinarian if they believe Nia requires ongoing insulin therapy, glucose curve always useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Twinkie
tabby
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none
smelly

Medication Used

none

my cat had bump or lump on her chest. She took the fur off on that area and licked her lump and now when i try to touch her i noticed that i can see the flesh inside the lump. What should i do. The lump is 1 1/2 inches in size. How much would a surgery cost? Theres small not continous droplets of fluid coming out once in a while from
The lump.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Cats can get infections, foreign bodies, benign masses or cancerous tumors. Since I can't see Twinkie or her mass, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at the mass, determine if surgery is the best treatment, and give you an idea on what the surgery would cost, as it will depend on a number of factors. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Beatrice
Tuxedo
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hello

My cat is 6yrs old and FIV+.

Beatrice was diagnosed with Medial Stinal Lymphoma today.
I need to find out if this can be operated on and if any one in Illinois is willing to do it pro bono.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Mediastinal lymphoma is a condition which would be treated with chemotherapy unless there was a specific reason for surgery; treatment with chemotherapy is expensive ($5,000+) and I don’t know of anywhere in the USA which would treat this pro-bono but some Veterinary Schools or nonprofits may be able to offer some ‘at cost’ treatment which would help cover some of the cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://vetmed.illinois.edu/

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Princess
Calico
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hardly eating
Cant jump
No purring
Not meowing
Dry Nose
Cant Get Up

My 13 year old cat had a tumor on her stomach removed about 2 months ago. They never said if it was cancerous or not but said it probably was. Ever since then she has gotten worse. Before the surgery it didn't even bother her. She also lost a top fang and is having difficulty eating. Along with other things. Should I spend the money to get the rest of broken tooth removed? Or just get her medicine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to have the broken teeth removed, this will stop Princess from having pain whilst eating and should resolve the appetite issue. You should return to your Veterinarian and have an examination done to check the surgical site and to see if the tumour recurred or not as well as having the dental extractions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chief
Shorthair
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

licked all fur off belly

I think I found a couple lipomas on my 14 lb cat. One is a wad-of-gum size on his under belly and a smaller on on his neck. I am frantically trying to find a way to pay for his treatment; do you know if there is any payment system in the vet world I can reach out to to pay for it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to confirm whether they are lipomas or another type of mass, your Veterinarian will also be able to guide you on which providers they work with (not all Veterinarians accept all providers of credit). I’m not sure which country you’re in so I put a few links below to a few companies from different countries. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.carecredit.com/providercenter/veterinary/ (USA) www.petcard.ca (Canada) www.vetpay.com.au (Australia) www.carefreecredit.co.uk (UK)

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Tsuki
short haired
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lumps

3 1/2 old female kitten has things that are in the shape of a plate under her nipples. She is acting normal but am very concerned. First time I noticed there was one and day by day more keep appearing. Should I wait and see what happens or take her to the vet immediately? I've read that removing just one is $200 and she has about five

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tsuki i cannot say for certain what you’re seeing near her nipples / on her mammary glands, there are many different types of lesions which may appear and it is important to visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side especially with Tsuki being so young. Pricing for removal can vary widely and it is important to discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maxie
tabby
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not eating, lathargic

Medication Used

Steroid

Mu 10 yr old was DX with a 4 cm cancerous tumor on her intestines. Does not look to have spread. She lost weight and looked terrible. Now on steroid, eating up a storm. What are the chances of removing this with success.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends, many times intestinal masses can be removed easily with an enterectomy and anastomosis procedure; if there are adhesions to other sections of intestine, bladder or other organs it may become more difficult to remove. An experimental laparotomy may be a good step to lead into removal but you would need to speak with your Veterinarian about Maxie’s general health and suitability for surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Taz
DOMESTIC
15 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation

Medication Used

none

My 15 year old cat was just dx with GI tract lymphoma which has been blocking his intestines making him constipated. There has. There has been no biopsy and in fact, the mass has not been visibly seen due to the amount of backed up feces. We had a second opinion and even had the X-Rayssent to Michigan University for more interpretation which they confirmed there was a mass, but also several nodules on his lungs that they say are metastasized. My baby is still constipated and they say much cannot be done in the way of surgery because of the anesthesia affecting his ability to breathe and recovery from surgery would be too much. All the X-Rays were clear of a mass or nodules in September of 2017 and he is not symptomatic of either of the above dx.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what your question is to me, but I am sorry that this is happening to Taz. If you are not sure of the diagnosis or treatment, it never hurts to get a second opinion. It does actually sound like he is symptomatic of some sort of intestinal disease, and having the x-rays interpreted by radiologists increases the likelihood that something may be going on. Having a second opinion may ease your mind so that you can accept what is happening, or may give treatment options, as a second set of eyes is never a bad option. I hope that you are able to find treatment for him.

I have not been thinking the clearest and I am sorry I described all of that and didn't ask the question. What I was wondering is how dangerous is it to perform surgery on a mass in the abdomen, clear the bowels, under anesthesia and be able to recover if the lungs are actually metastasized. When I say he is not symptomatic, I mean he is eating, urinating, decent level but energy, no coughing, blood in stool, significant weight loss, really notjing except the constipation. Even the both vets I have seen are stumped by what looks like what they think, but he does not present the symptoms for the dx. We do have an appointment on Monday, I pray that he lives until then to be staffed to evaluate whether or not it is possible or the odds of making it through a surgery like this. That is what I was asking although I know u can only do the best u can without even seeing my cat or the clinical material. Thank u so much for any of ur thoughts.

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Laurel
Maine Coon
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Mass on her side, still eating

My 15 yo cat has been diagnosed with probable sarcoma tumor by aspiration. Surgery is a option but she is extremely stressed out by the carrier and leaving home, thrashed herself in the carrier. It is very large and starting to ooze. I am leaning towards comfort care, she is otherwise healthy by blood work except for the start of kidney disease. Am I wrong not to get her the surgery.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be distressing for a cat to be taken to the clinic but if the tumour can be removed it may be worth the day of stress in the long term, without examining Laurel I cannot really fully weigh in but you should discuss with your Veterinarian your concerns and discuss your options for palliative care vs surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bowie
American Shorthair
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

cysts
Tartar removal
Bump on head

My cat is about 6 years old and will be getting surgery next week for a teeth cleaning and removal of a small cyst on the top of his head. Me being a worried cat mom, I have a lot of questions and concerns about him being out under anesthesia or any complications. How invasive will this be and are there any high chances for complications?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Anaesthesia is always risky, but the risks are small and enough measures are taken to minimise risks from anaesthesia so there is little to worry about; Bowie is young and I am assuming he is otherwise healthy so he should be fine having the dental and cyst removal which are both straight forward procedures. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peaches
Barn
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating, drooling,

My 9 yr old cat has a tumor under her tongue and throat area. She isn't eating and is getting thinner by the day. My vet said their really isn't anything they can do...its cancer and aggressive. No biopsy. I am thinking I would like to try to remove it.I can't bear watching her suffer. The vet thought it was too close to her throat. I don't want to put her down if I can possibly remove it. Thoughts? Help!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Tumors of the mouth can be very difficult to remove, and can cause a great deal of suffering in the process. If you are interested in treating this cancer, sooner would be better than later, and the best route to go would be to have a consultation with a surgical oncologist, your veterinarian can refer you. They'll be able to give you a better idea as to what will be involved, and if it is possible to remove the tumor.

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Aria
tabby
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty swallowing, tumor
Difficulty swallowing,

Medication Used

Prozac

My cat has a mass under the right side of her tongue, not much larger than the end of my pinkie finger. She has some difficulty swallowing. She is on medication for her excessive grooming and seems to be rejecting the pills showing me she has a problem swallowing. I’m worried it’s gotten to a point it will interfere with her digestion. I’m really strapped for money at the moment and I want to go about removing the mass on her tongue at a reasonable price. I would like to know what it’s too much because my fear is the vet will try to take all they can from me. Thank you, and what advice I should take in the meantime before getting her to the vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Most veterinarians will not charge you inappropriately, but will recommend what they think is best and tell you what that will cost. If the mass is related to her problems swallowing, it may make sense to have it removed. Without seeing Aria, I can't comment on the best course of treatment for her, but what you can do is get a couple of opinions before proceeding with any treatment, to get an idea of what a couple of veterinarians think, and will charge. I hope that all goes well for her!

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Freddie
moggy
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Low Energy
Large tumour

Hi there,
We have a stray cat that comes into our house quite regularly and wee happy to feed him and give him somewhere warm to sleep. However recently we have noticed he has a large growth on the underside of his cheek thats getting bigger. He also got really ill over Christmas but seems to be recovering.

The question is what is the best course of action? We can't afford a huge vet bill but can't stand to see this cat suffer. He's a nice little cat and we want to help him as best we can. I was thinking of a gofundme or something or taking him to a rehoming centre but am scared that they might out him down.
Any advice would be great,

Thankyou

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have him seen, as it may be something as simple as an abscess, which your veterinarian can easily treat. Without seeing him, I cannot comment on what it might be, but I think a good first step is to book an appointment with a veterinarian and have him seen, then go from there as far as knowing what costs might be. It may not be as bad as you think. I hope that he does well.

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Kit Cat
domestic medium hair
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mass in Ear
tumor

Hello. I adopted my cat from the humane society about 9 months ago. When I adopted her I was told she was roughly 2 1/2 years old. However, in the only 9 months I’ve had her I’ve had to bring her in many times for alements (sore paws, arthritis, bladder infection,) and worst of all her left ear. The vet told me she is clearly over 9 years old. Anyway she has a mass in her ear that is giving her many ear infections and bleeding whenever punctured. My vet suggested a biopsy to get a sample to see if cancerous or not. My question finally is roughly how much money a biopsy and the final surgery if necessary would cost. Or if it ends up being cancerous is surgery something that is even recommended. Thank you for your time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to determine a cat’s age after all their permanent teeth come in which may be why you have a difference of opinion between the Humane Society and your Veterinarian. Cost for biopsy and surgery is a large ballpark, since the specific location and the type of surgery will have an effect on price; also your location (country, state, city) will also factor in the cost. It would be best to call around Veterinarian’s in your area for a ballpark figure for the biopsy and for mass removal or total ear canal ablation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
mixed
12 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

none

12 yo Luna has a walnut size lump midway on her back. It’s rubbery, no tenderness, and I can put my fingers around it. She is otherwise fine.

A 5 minute vet visit determined surgery to remove it and the vet couldn’t assure me it was benign. I asked about needle aspiration biopsy but he said he would have to put her out for that and it was best to remove it so it wouldn’t affect other organs eventually.
I am confused.

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Yoko
Taby
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

My cat had a obstruction on his bladder and the tumor was removed two days ago, he's vomiting, won't eat and we were told to give him water forcefully.
He looks like he's doing really really bad, he can't pee or poop but the vet says he's perfectly fine but I'm honestly really worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Recovery from surgery can take time and Yoko may be in pain which may have a knock on effect on eating, drinking, activity etc… Without examining Yoko, I cannot say whether the post surgery symptoms are normal or not; it is important to keep Yoko hydrated but if you are seeing him get progressively worse you should return to your Veterinarian or visit an Emergency Veterinarian to get another opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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NIA
indoor
11 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

vomiting, Stomach grew

We have an 11 yr old cat. after seeing 3 vets(@ couldn't figure anything out, one did a full blood panel n thought she had diabetes-all wrong.... she got worse. Took her to an emergency clinic where they did an ultrasound $600 and determined she has a 3 cm tumor in the fundus area of her stomach.Is this a fairly safe area to operate on? Would giving her cannabis oil help with pain and recovery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly for me, there isn’t enough reputable scientific evidence to suggest that cannabis oil is the wonder potion that it is reported to be; however it shouldn’t do any harm, but you should discuss with your Veterinarian. Surgery on the fundus is a relatively routine surgery, however if the mass is close to the cardia (where the esophagus meets the stomach) it may be more tricky than usual; Nia is an older cat but not too old and if her liver and kidney function is good there should be no real reason not to proceed with surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks very much for your insight and answer. I meet with her surgeon tomorrow. Her Kidneys and liver functions are ok so we'll go ahead with the surgery based on what the surgeon says tomorrow. Expensive but sometimes there's no price to pay for the love from your furry children.

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Logan
Maine Coon
12 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

walking

A dear friend of mine has a maincoon around 12 years old. When she had the feline leukemia shot given to Logan this year, he developed a sarcoma at the injection site. She has gotten information from her local vet that has left her feeling helpless and just waiting for Logan to die. I am determined to find the right piece of research regarding the treatment of this condition that she will be motivated to pursue treatment for Logan. It has only been a couple of months since he was diagnosed. Her vet said she should take him home and make him comfortable....I say that's crap in this day and age! Now that Logan has been diagnosed, what would you recommend? I want her to get started with surgery/treatment, etc!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Injection site sarcomas are uncommon with incidence being around 1 case per 10,000 to 30,000 vaccinations meaning that vaccination is still the safe choice for cats. Surgical excision is the treatment of choice for these cases however, surgical excision with wide margins 3-5cm (up to two inches) is recommended. There is a lot of conflicting information online so I’ve added a few useful links to reputable sources below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/injection-site-sarcoma www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/rbbroch.aspx www.cliniciansbrief.com/sites/default/files/Feline%20ISS.pdf http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/feline-injection-site-sarcomas-update www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5513368/

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